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Young Leaders 2018 – Call for Application

Young Leaders 2017, Ljubljana

European Museum Leadership Programme

Sunday evening November 25th to Friday November 30th, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Call for Applications

In a series of sessions this programme will introduce young European museums and cultural heritage professionals to the complex concept of self-, team- and institutional leadership helping them to explore their own competencies and leadership skills through self-reflection, discussions and group activities.

Aims and Objectives

The main aim of this introductory training programme is to broaden the way we think about leading an institution and to explore our own leadership potential in all its facets, with the notion that we have to share responsibilities to be able to best co-create robust and flexible cultural organisations that meet the needs of a changing society.

Main objectives are to:

  • Create awareness
  • Build trust (in yourself) and strengthen confidence
  • Share values, believes and passion
  • Discuss with you leadership challenges in your cultural institutions
  • Explore with you your leadership capacity and what it needs to develop this further
  • Offer professional networking opportunities and friendship

Further objectives are to:

  • Explore one’s own leadership competencies and skills as a means of developing a personalized professional learning agenda
  • Strengthen leadership and management skills
  • Exchange experiences and lessons learnt
  • Develop new ways of thinking and provide a direction for the future

The Young Leaders programme is not about offering a hand book of how to become a successful leader it is rather a professional development initiative (also with much fun) that allows for personal growth and reflection of your own leadership potential together with international peers.

International guest speakers and the leadership programme team will present best practice models and case studies. During the sessions participants will also have the opportunity to discuss major challenges in their own organisations.

Who is it for?

This training programme is for young museums and cultural professionals who have either recently been appointed to a management post (director or head of a department) of a museum or a cultural institution or who are aspiring to become leaders in their institutions.

Applicants should have already staff responsibility and should be under the age of 45 (exceptions are possible).

We are happy to accept also applications from outside of Europe.

Programme Details

  • Intensive 5 day programme
  • Small team of international experts
  • Mix of experts’ inputs, discussions and workshops
  • Evening after-dinner talks
  • Starts on Sunday evening and finishes on Friday 2pm (arrival on Sunday evening necessary)

Application process

Interested candidates should send

  • A letter of intent (1-2 pages only) outlining why you want to participate in the programme
  • A short CV (max. 2 pages) and
  • a brief description of your current role and responsibilities in the organisation you work for

DEADLINE till filled!

Selection process

All applications are reviewed by the leadership selection committee and a short list of 18 to 20 candidates will be announced at the beginning of June.

Programme Fee and Accommodation

Fee: 1.190 € (extended to 5 days)

In addition you need reasonable funds for lunch/dinner and 5 nights bed&breakfast (superior single room 55EUR per night at the Hotel Park Reservation form YOUNG LEADERS 2018) in a 3-star hotel next to the programme venue.

Travel to and from Ljubljana needs to be arranged individually.

Limited spaces (18 – 20 maximum);

Venue: National Museum Slovenia, Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Funding Opportunities and Bursaries

A number of organisations might be able to help with bursaries. We are happy to discuss these with you in more detail.

Programme Concept

Jeff Beeson & Christian Waltl (a KulturAgenda event©)


Please forward your application to the programme leader:

Christian Waltl, director KulturAgenda (AT)

Tel: +43 650 5545165

or post your application to:

KulturAgenda Institute

Dr. Wutte Strasse 14, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria


Further information on:




List of Institutions where participants came from

Participants were sent or came from the following institutions:

  • AUT, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
  • AUT, Technisches Museum, Vienna
  • AUT, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
  • AUT, AzW Museum of Architecture, Vienna
  • AUT, Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz
  • AUT, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
  • AUT, DomQuartier Salzburg, Salzburg
  • AUT, Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna
  • BAR, Museum of Parliament Hereos Gallery, St. George
  • CH, Foundation Beyeler, Basel
  • CH, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
  • CH, Vita Design Museum, Basel
  • EGY, Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  • EST, Estonian Maritime Museum, Tallinn
  • GEO, ICOM Georgia, Tbilisi
  • GER, Landkreis Rheinisch Bergischer Kreis, Wuppertal
  • GER, City of Nürnberg Art Collection, Nürnberg
  • GER, Provincial Museum Württemberg, Stuttgart
  • HUN, Hermann Otto Museum, Miskolc
  • IRL, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • IRL, Science Gallery International, Dublin
  • KOR, Whanki Museum, Seoul
  • LIE, Lichtenstein National Museum, Vaduz
  • POR, Porto University National History Museum, Porto
  • SLO, Trzic Museum, Trzic
  • SLO, Posavje Regional Museum, Brezice
  • SLO, International Centre for Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
  • SLO, National Museum, Ljubljana
  • SLO, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana
  • UK, Oxford University Museum, Oxford
  • UK, Natural History Museum, London
  • UK, National Science Museum, London
  • UK, Jewish Museum, London, London
  • UK, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  • UK, Ashford Borough Council
  • UK, Conwy County Borough Council

Feedback from Young Leaders

This is what Young Leaders 2017 are saying:

“Glad that I had no idea about the activities, as I would have been sceptical. Element of surprise was key. Wasn’t expecting to laugh until I cried on so many occasions and made friends”.

“I didn’t know much of the programme, I came with open mind and was only positively surprised!”

“The programme exceeded my expectations and I had high hopes!”

This is what Young Leaders 2016 are saying:

The programme exceeded my expectations. Not only do i now feel more empowered and knowledgeable I also made networks and friends. The facilitation of Jeff and Christian was incredibly supportive. It allowed us to speak freely, ask questions and build trust within the group ”

“The programme had made me realise how important it is to periodically get the space to reflect on my behaviours and personal development. If it hadn’t been for this course I may have taken a new job out of sheer frustration. Now I feel I have the patience and confidence to wait for a better opportunity”

This is what Young Leader 2015 are saying:

I’m still processing my thoughts and experiences but I can say that I have come into work this morning with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. I feel I have learned a lot from the programme and am keen to put it into action. You organised a fantastic programme and I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from your expertise, and that of the other participants”
Oliver Moore, Learning Programme Development Officer, (UK)

“I’ll never forget these very interesting four days in Munich. I came to work today with many ideas and a lot of enthusiasm. Congratulations on your work, the programme was very good and the participants you gathered for the programme were all very nice and able people. Dinners, talks, walks, wine tasting … all this was wonderful”
Jana Babšek, director, Tržic Museum, Slovenia